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Don’t breathe! By Bill McElhinney Blenheim man Bryan Bailey is not afraid to push his body to its limits. Last weekend Bryan competed in the Freediving NZ Depth Nationals held at Lake Taupo, and took second equal place in the Open Mens division. Last year he won the novice grade in the same competition. Bryan, who can hold his breath for up to six minutes, went 40 metres down into the 186m deep lake to win his medal. Freediving is underwater diving that doesn’t involve scuba or other external breathing devices. It is exhilarating, but also potentially dangerous. Pressures on the body in deep water can reach more than 10 times those on the surface and competitive divers push their bodies to their limits. Continued on page 2.
Blenheim freediver Bryan Bailey holds his breath as he descends into the depths of Lake Taupo. Photo: Phil Clayton
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BLENHEIM SUN 22 MAR, 2019 ISSUE